Moving Remy in Harmony
- Pixar's Use of Harmonic Functions. [more inside]
works at the BBC in London, but he also creates graphics and infographics
for WWII Magazine
in the US. (Flickr Photostream
Visual Aesthetics in Early Computing (1950-80)
- a little look back at plotters and light pens and flow charts, which I found a bit nostalgic. You can watch Lapis
We've already seen seam carving for content-aware image resizing.
Now, here's content-aware fill.
Get palette ideas from sites like GenoPal
, generate color schemes with tools like Unsafe Color Match
, put a color in and spit a palette out with Color Blender
, or sharpen your color theory skills with The Meaning of Colours
. These are all from the 50 Best Color Sites for Designers
is archiving the early graphics of the Internet. There are still graphics
, animated ones
, and complete websites
. They also have a blog featuring select images
) Some images NSFW.
The New York Times visualizes
the proposed $3.83 trillion budget for 2011.
parkour motion reel
— illustrated with technical pen, frame by frame. [slv]
Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG) - a sort of image format which records shapes and lines
instead of pixels
but it remains difficult to simply draw something in one of the available illustration tools
and display it on the web (without converting to a raster graphic as Wikipedia does
.) But hope for compatibility may be on the horizon: Microsoft has just joined
the W3C SVG Working Group. (previously
Happy Thanksgiving, MetaFilter! If you have friends from different parts of the U.S., you might have wondered why they consider certain dishes to be an essential part of a Thanksgiving feast, when you've never even thought of them as remotely Thanksgiving-related. Now you can see what dishes were popular searches on allrecipes.com
in various states thanks to a series of infographics
in the New York Times.
Japanese Matchbox Labels
is a fine collection (flickr set) of wonderful vintage eye candy from the Japan of the 1920s through the 1940s. [more inside]
is a process with which textures, patterns, typography, images,
or works of art
can be "printed" on concrete surfaces, with subtle and dramatic results
. Invented by Finnish designer and architect Samuli Naamanka,
Graphic Concrete is being used in projects all over the globe.
"Pryde and I came across it one day in an old stable, on a sack of fodder. It is a good, hearty, old English name, and it appealed to us, so we adopted it immediately."
That's how The Beggarstaffs
, a short lived but influential paring of graphic designers, got their name. [more inside]
is a family of sites that brings you a steady supply of top quality creative work in specific categories: Fashion
, Industrial Design
, Photography [some nsfw]
, and Motion Graphics
. All projects are streamed directly from the owner's portfolios in the Behance Network
, along with proper attribution and a direct link to contact information.
You may have already noticed some of the visual tricks in these logos.
Or maybe not. (I never saw the b--- in the T-------- logo before.) Or maybe you just think these are too obvious for words and there are much better examples out there. (via
is a procedurally generated cityscape by Shamus Young
. Procedurally generated graphics have a long history of producing attractive results with extremely small amounts of code, like Elevated
, which was generated by just 4K of code
, automatically generated video game content
) or the generation of realistic water flows
. Note the last demo reel may have been the test for a new film mentioned previously.
restaurant in London's fashionable SoHo district isn't known for its splendid food or accommodating waitresses. Instead, this new Asian fusion eatery is getting raves for its use of a touch pad-projection system
that allows diners to send food orders directly to the chefs and makes the dining experience fully interactive. It's all one graphic application
, with new iconography for signs and menus, graphic wallpaper and tablecloths, shopfront etched patterns and illuminated screens. [more inside]
We've very much enjoyed the beautiful work of the NYT graphic and infovisual design staff before
, but what about when those glorious graphs and interactive adventures don't turn out as expected
? Still pretty neat.
A Day in the Life of Abbey Road;
(sorry for the prosaic lead-in link - at least I didn't use the word "iconic!") Enjoy watching Beatles' fans and locals negotiate London's famous Abbey Road crosswalk. I miss album covers; I'm of the generation of high school kids who spent a zillion hours flipping through them in record stores. The best of them - like Abbey Road - could be high-impact and sometimes accompanied their records like a kind of graphic mini-novel. What were some of your favorites and why?
Journalism may be going through a painful period but thanks to the web the once lowly information graphic is finally growing up to be all it never could on paper. Especially the New York Times seems to currently stand out in how frequently and quickly they build amazingly detailed and insightful interactive features. Consider the tracking of US Airways Flight 1549
or the piece on raising its engine from the Hudson
. Other recent highlights: 9,955,441 parking tickets issues in NYC mapped by street
, The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 — 2008
, Ansel Adams's Yosemite
, the view from the 10-meter platform explained
, A look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses 1789 to the Present
, A Map of the number of medals that countries won in summer Olympic Games
, Going to the End of the Line
, The 44 Places to go in 2009
, an explanation of how the Pentagon responded to criticism of then-Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld
, The Soyuz Spacecraft
, How the Towers Stood and Fell
, more. [more inside]
In 2005, graphic artist Kentaro Nagai was struck by the play on words between peace
in relation to global politics. This concept was expanded in an exhibition entitled Twelve Animals
, where Nagai rearranged outlines of the world's landmasses into shapes respective of the aspects of the Chinese Zodiac
you can use in your flyers against the system.
Ever see an awesome graphic or visualization in the New York Times and wonder who did it? Chances are it's either Amanda Cox
or Megan Jaegerman
. [more inside]
is a treasure trove from a Malaysian designer, developer that features Photoshop tutorials
, Wordpress tips and tricks
for everything from sound
, graphics and templates
, stunning wallpapers
including for Windows 7
, and iPhone
, and finally a library of how-to's
to make your everyday internet simpler.
and Calculated Movements
are two early computer animation projects featured at EVLTube
, the YouTube channel for UIC's Electronic Visualization Laboratory
. In additon to the video archive, the EVL website also features a trove of interesting current EV projects
and Unfolding Space
, not to mention extensive notes on the fascinating research
conducted and devices
used at the facility. [more inside]
FairyTaleFilter: SurLaLune Fairy Tales
features 49 annotated fairy tales
, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations
, 1,600 folktales & fairy tales from around the world in more than 40 full-text eBooks
. Fairy Tale timeline
. l Women Children's Book Illustrators
l The Evolution of the Illustrated Children's Book
l Some really beautiful free
graphics and clipart from Grandma's Graphics
. [more inside]
Quest for a true 3D Mandelbrot Fractal
- a very nice exploration of Mandelbrot/Julia set fractals in various kinds of 3D space.
- cute collection of comic book images and language conveying sound and motion. Also see anastasiav's prior post: Ka-BOOM
, the Dictionary of Comic Book Words on Historical Principles. (via oink!) [more inside]
Random Acts of Programming [created using Processing
Clever! Peppy! Immensely entertaining! The opening sequence of the Dick Cavett Show
was a little masterpiece of 60s pop graphics. A similar aesthetic is at work here in this 60s era PSA reminding you to vote
. Here's some jazzy 60s animation: a commercial for Beechnut Gum
. And lots more typically 60s animation and graphics on display here in this Animation Commercial Collection
The Gallery of Graphic Design
has a huge collection of magazine print adverts from the 30s to the late 60s. The images are fairly large and organised/searchable by year, product, magazine and advertiser. [via]
| Web Design Resource Links
is a new site that uses technology from the Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to transform your bitmap images into vector art that can be scaled without becoming blurry of pixelated. Here's the first image I submitted, before and after.
7 Means of Movement: Flying
From "Come Fly With Me" to "Waitress In The Sky," Locust St. impresses us with all things aeronautical
The Histogram As The Image.
An interesting (but probably mostly useless) spin on steganography
It's not a bug, it's a feature: Carolin Horn has designed Anymails
, which represents your email messages and folders as micro-organisms. The morphology of the individual organisms and their behaviour within colonies imparts information about the state of your email. You can view QT movies of the application in action (1
), download her thesis
, and download the Anymails code
itself. See some of her other work here
(predominantly in German). via Madame Martin, the "French Metafilter"